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Schools hold Petrova tour for capital project

SARANAC LAKE — The school district held its second building tour and informational meeting for its $18.8 million capital project at Petrova Elementary and Saranac Lake Middle School Tuesday night. The meeting focused on elementary and middle school improvements, which will include ...

Dogsled operators, board talk safety

LAKE PLACID — The operators of Mirror Lake’s two dogsled tours discussed the safety of dog sledding atop the lake for more than 30 minutes at Monday’s village board meeting. The operators, John Houghton of Thunder Mountain Dogsleds of Vermontville and ...

Mayors ask Cuomo for help with N.Y.’s aging pipes

ALBANY (AP) — Mayors and other local officials from New York’s capital region are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to remember the state’s aging water pipes as he puts together his budget proposal. The group includes the mayors of Albany, Troy and other communities, along with county leaders ...

Village plans for sewer disinfection system

SARANAC LAKE — You could say village Manager John Sweeney was happy when the village was awarded $2.5 million for a wastewater treatment plant disinfection system last week. “I would use the word ecstatic,” Sweeney said. “We were really pushing to get this one. We knew we needed ...

Randig hired as part-time code officer

SARANAC LAKE — The village’s old code enforcement officer is its new part-time code enforcement officer. Ed Randig, currently full-time code officer for the town of Harrietstown, was hired Monday by the village Board of Trustees. The decision, which came in a 3-1 vote, ended months of ...

Feds, N.Y. still butting heads over state’s highway signs

ALBANY (AP) — A meeting between state and federal highway officials regarding New York’s “I Love NY” highway signs ended with no resolution to the dispute. Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau met with state Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll in Washington on ...

State to increase Tupper Lake electric bills

TUPPER LAKE — Village residents will have their electric bills slightly increase as part of obligations placed on electric utilities by the New York Power Authority, directed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The increase comes from two requirements, a zero emissions credit and a renewable energy ...

Tupper Lake to request parking use permit

TUPPER LAKE — Village officials will attend a joint planning board meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 28 to discuss a parking use permit the village filed for 56 Park St. Mayor Paul Maroun said at Monday’s board meeting the village has drawn up a design, which will allow 11 parking spots on the ...

Saranac Lake school holds capital project meeting

SARANAC LAKE — The school district held its first building tour and informational meeting for its $18.8 million capital project at the Saranac Lake High School Tuesday night. The meeting focused on the high school improvements, which will include replacing original 1969 windows, doors and ...

Lake Placid looks to improve sled dog safety

LAKE PLACID — This village’s board spoke for more than a half hour at its meeting last week about whether new laws should be implemented to further help protect people and sled dogs during operations on the Mirror Lake ice in winter. Trustee Jason Leon shared with the board a letter ...

Village responds to lead tests

SARANAC LAKE — Village officials say they will adjust the pH levels of the village water system in an attempt to reduce the amount of lead leaching from some homeowners pipes. But Mayor Clyde Rabideau also put the onus on the homeowners who still have lead pipes or pipes containing lead ...

New Keene supervisor

KEENE — Joe Pete Wilson Jr. has been selected as the supervisor of this town, replacing Bill Ferebee, who resigned last month to take a position with the state Environmental Facilities Corporation. Wilson, 52, is currently the coordinator of the Learning Assistance Center at North Country ...

Evans recommends Planning Board members for new board

SARANAC LAKE — Village Community Development Director Jeremy Evans recommends that the current members of the Planning Board be appointed as the first members of the new Development Board. Under the new land-use code adopted by the village board last week, the village is combining the ...

US-Canada agency OKs changes for Lake Ontario levels

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A U.S.-Canadian agency adopted a fiercely contested plan Thursday designed to improve environmental conditions along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River by letting water levels rise and fall more naturally. Approval by the International Joint Commission, which ...

Governor awards $700M+ for economic development

ALBANY (AP) — New York state’s 10 economic regions will divide more than $700 million in new state economic development funding. The money announced Thursday will support hundreds of local economic development projects including private company expansions, new start-up businesses, local ...

Write-in justice must go to school before starting work

WILMINGTON — The new town justice here will have to go to school before she can officially fill the four-year position she won in the recent election. With nobody on the ballot for Wilmington’s open justice position, Hope Smith-Holzer, 37, was counting on write-in votes for the job on ...

Stefanik effusive about Mattis for Defense

Rep. Elise Stefanik was effusive in her praise of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense. She called the general one of the finest officers of this generation. “When you look at the threats we face, Mattis is uniquely ...

AG wants voting rules changed

ALBANY — Unprecedented complaints about New York’s presidential primary show the need for big changes to state voting rules, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday before announcing proposals to authorize automatic voter registration and join most other states in allowing ...

St. Lawrence River remains in EPA’s care

A bill that would have eliminated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority in regulating ballast water discharge from cargo vessels was struck from the finalized 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. A Congressional Research Service report conducted last year stated that ...

Stefanik pushing hard for missiles at Fort Drum

Rep. Elise Stefanik expressed hope that the Republican control of both houses of Congress and election of Donald Trump could push forward a new East Coast missile site. “I hope the Trump administration will understand the importance of missile defense, and that’s something we can work ...